Today is National Boss’s Day, and it’s a great time to show a little appreciation for the man or woman who signs the paychecks. It’s also a great time to look at all of the other ways bosses can affect the workplace for the better.
In August 2018, Gallup reported the percentage of "engaged" workers in the U.S. -- those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace -- is now 34%, tying its highest level since Gallup began reporting the national figure in 2000. Organizational research by Gallup indicates that at least 70% of the variance in team engagement is explained by the quality of the manager or team leader.
At Purchasing Power, for instance, CEO Ritt Carrano has always been a champion of work-life balance and encourages perennial favorites such as:
• unlimited PTO
• 100% company-paid health benefits
• work-from-home options
• paid volunteer hours
• wellness screenings and rewards
• personal training/yoga classes
• free breakroom snacks
• complimentary chair massages
• free flu shots
• summer hours
Our Chief People Officer Racquel Roberts has seen the success of these perks in engaging employees but also adds, “Engagement isn’t just about foosball tables and pizza parties. Real fun is when you feel you have real control of your experience and real ownership in something greater than yourself.”
Both Carrano and Roberts helped to develop the nine “Super Powers” that represent the company values regularly communicated to Purchasing Power employees. These include “add a little bit of awesome to everything we do,” “everybody drops the ball; be somebody who picks it up,” and “ideas, opinions and feedback are essential nutrients to feed your brain.”
The most recent Gallup research also found that team leaders influence important job factors including whether workers are able to use their strengths to do what they do best, give team members recognition for good work, and hold ongoing conversations to coach their employees.
Carrano urges other bosses to offer a portfolio of continuing education courses, internal webinars and leadership programs to employees. He says, “Companies benefit from employees who are self-driven, curious and unafraid to take risks, and the best way to hire and retain that type of employee is to give them the resources they need to keep growing.”
So, on this year’s national boss’s day; don’t just say thank you but think about the next “Boss” idea that you can do for your employees.